Third, where are the jobs for most people? Digitisation and robotics; AI and 5G are all about eliminating work. Nuclear employs a relative handful of people. Outside Cambridge so too do life sciences.
There would appear to be a glaringly obvious flaw in Theresa May’s plan. It’s called a lack of people who might create the demand for whatever it is she wishes to invest in. This is already one of the crises of modern capitalism: it is unable to think of things that people want or can afford.
Amazingly, people rather like their smartphones and those Amazon Echo things and Google’s machine translation and so on. They also like cheap ‘leccie if we can ever get some. And being able to supply those things using the labour of fewer people makes us richer. It’s called increasing productivity, you see? More value of output from each hour of human labour? That measure by which we are apparently not as efficient as France?
Second, the biggest energy issue is cutting usage and there is nothing in here focussed on that. Where is the building insulation and double glazing that is still needed to make the UK’s buildings energy efficient?
The UK needs a new industrial strategy, but it’s a Green New Deal that we need and not more remote tech that alienates people ever more from the world they live in, the companies that create what they consume and any chance of meaningful work.
We’ve just tried that, recall? Damaging millions of buildings in doing so?
It’s not just that he’s an ignorant twat it’s that he’s a fascist with it too.